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Meet Our Governors


Our Governors (listed in alphabetical order)

Name Role/Area of Responsibility on Board Governor Portrait
Cpt Robert Arthur

Skills Governor

Development Governor


Expertise/experience: Currently serving in Her Majesty’s armed forces and living in London. Household Cavalry regiment and Temporary Equerry to HRH Princess Royal. My main experiences are in leadership and management, but through my career I have been exposed to recruitment processes, risk management and policy reviewing. 

I am looking to not only give back to a community, but to help develop children as a whole and have a particular interest in pupil and staff wellbeing. I currently look after the development of around 100 soldiers. I think I can bring a positive impact to the board and set a good example to the pupils and staff.

Mrs Rachel Chee

Skills Governor

Equality and Diversity

Expertise/experience: Registered Pharmacist specialist in Oncology. Currently providing consultancy services to the healthcare sector. Prior to this, I had 5 years in consultancy delivering healthcare data technology, 7 years in NHS and 3 years in various healthcare projects - ranging from UK to global NGO.

When not governing: Enjoy swimming, classic music, travelling, spending time with family and friends. 

Interests declared: Governor for Chesham Grammar School.
Mr Matthew Dennis

Parent Governor



Performance Management


Expertise / Experience: I am an Aerospace engineer who has worked in both the UK and France. I have lived in Amersham for the last four years and work at British Airways on a wide range of subjects in order to maintain aircraft safety and improve reliability. 

Previous to this, I was based in Toulouse, France working at Airbus building and testing Aircraft. 

I have a broad range of experience from leading teams, developing engineers and analysing data. Having two children who were born in France and attended Bi-lingual and International Schools, I understand different school systems which I use whenever possible to the benefit of Woodside. 

When not governing: 

I am married with two children, the youngest attends Woodside. I love travelling, reading, cooking and finding new walks to explore. 

Mrs Helen Farndon

Vice-Chair of the Governing Board

Skills Governor



Health and Safety

Performance Management


Experience / Expertise

I graduated in Slavonic Studies and Languages and then worked in banking, helping to set up a branch office in Moscow and teaching Russian to UK employees being posted there. After a career break to bring up my children, I took a PGCE and worked in various local schools as a class teacher, Deputy Head and finally as Head Teacher at Prestwood Infant School for 13 years. I feel passionately about the need for education to reach all children and to ensure that each child is facilitated in a way that best suits its needs. This necessitates working closely with teachers, parents and outside agencies.

When not governing:

Since retiring in 2005 I have been a member of the Chiltern U3A, starting and running several groups. My hobbies include gardening, theatre, art, cooking, wine, reading books, knitting and my grandchildren.

Interests declared: Related to a member of staff at Woodside Junior School. 

Mrs Jenny Faulkner

Chair of the Governing Board

Skills Governor


Expertise / Experience

I am now largely retired but had a varied working life as a civil servant at the Department of Trade and Industry, an economic development consultant and as HR Director of a company running serviced offices which I helped to set up. I was actively involved in education / business activities in Buckinghamshire for some years before becoming a governor at Chesham Bois School in 2009.  I am passionate about giving all our children the chance to be the best that they can be and to give them the skills and opportunities to live life to the full. When my term of office at Chesham Bois ended in July 2021 I was delighted to have the opportunity to support Woodside, another of the ODBST schools.

When not governing:

My husband and I have lived in the Amersham area for over 40 years and have two grown up children and four grandchildren. I love the countryside and gardening and am a volunteer with Amersham in Bloom as well as being an active member of several local environmental charities. I am a keen supporter of the arts and am involved in organising several classical music concerts each winter; during lockdown, I have started to learn the piano.

Mrs Louise Fox Staff Governor Not applicable
Mrs Dorota Milner Headteacher Not applicable
Dr Robert Oades

Skills Governor



Expertise/experience: 34+ years in the petrochemicals industry - working in various technical roles in research and development; technical supporter, product stewardship, advocacy, commercial and marketing. Currently chair of UK Solvents Industry Association  (SIA) Technical Committee & European Solvents Industry Group (ESIG). Previous experience of being a parent-governor and also a co-opted governor.

When not governing: I am married with two boys and two dogs. Interests in Music (Brass Band), Cooking (Indian Food), Sport & Gardening.
Ms Sulina Piesse CEO of ODBST Trust Link to ODBST profile
Mrs Anna Samson

Skills Governor


Performance Management

Pupil Premium


Expertise/experience: I am a Senior Manager at Deloitte in Management Consulting, where I specialise in analytics to unlock insights from data. I deliver a wide variety of programmes across several industries including Media, Telecoms, Healthcare and the Public Sector, to create new analytical applications and change how people interact and use data. I am also passionate about fitness and am undertaking a Personal Training qualification with specialisms in Pre/Postnatal and Young People/Children.

When not governing:

I have two young children, enjoy travelling (when I can!) to go scuba diving, exercise including tennis, netball, running, HIIT, and windsurfing, and an amateur artist creating wildlife canvases.
Mrs Lindsey Wilkins

Skills Governor



Expertise / Experience

I have lived in Amersham for 25 years and became Woodside School’s Safeguarding Governor in September 2021. I have worked in education settings since 2012 in roles as Finance Officer, School Business Manager and Family Support Worker. I am currently a Designated Safeguarding Lead for a large local secondary school. I passionately believe every child deserves to feel safe, that safeguarding should be proactive, rather than reactive and therefore the heartbeat of any education settings ethos and policies. In my previous role as School Business Manager, I have had experience of all aspects of school finance and believe that good financial management is crucial to educational outcomes for pupils and the long-term stability of a school.   Prior to being a School Business Manger I have over 20 years commercial experience in the retail buying sector.

When not governing:

In my spare time- I am a mother to three teenage boys !  I love to do Zumba and walk my dog.


Jo Pearce is the Clerk to the Governors.


Contacting the Governing Board

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Governing Body Structure and Strategic Purpose

ODBST (Oxford Diocese Bucks Schools Trust) is governed by a Board of Trustees, who is responsible for overseeing the management and administration of ODBST and all the academies run by it - including Woodside Junior School. The Trustees are accountable to external government agencies including the Charity Commission and the Department for Education for the quality of education they provide. They are required to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of quality, safety and good practice.  In order to discharge these responsibilities the Trustees appoint people who are locally based to serve on a local governing body which has been established to ensure the good governance of the school.

The strategic functions of the governing body are ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction: holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of the staff: overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Body at Woodside is made up of members: the Head Teacher, elected parents governors, skills governors and an additional staff governor. With the exception of the Head Teacher governors all hold office for a period of four years.

The full governing body meets twice a term. In addition we set up working groups as and when we need them to consider particular issues or subjects. Working groups may be short-lived or long-standing. Individual governors also have linkage roles for particular subjects or cross-curricular areas such as SEND provision, inclusion and diversity, use of the pupil premium and aspects of financial management.

The governing body is legally required to act as a corporate body and to take its decisions collectively. Under current rules we have to try to achieve a balance of skills and abilities overall, though it is broadly true to say that no special expertise is needed in order to become a governor. It is more important to be interested and enthusiastic, and to have the interests and success of Woodside School at heart. 

Governors play a valuable and important role in the support of our school. They meet regularly together and work closely with the Head Teacher and the school staff. The responsibility for the actions and decisions of the governing body lies with the whole governing body not with individual members. All governors are required to undertake regular training provided to enable them to exercise their duties effectively. This is a vital part of being a governor enabling us to keep up to date with changes across all areas of education provision.